Online Course: Introduction to Resilience for Development

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate the concept of resilience into your work? Do you want to promote an integrated approach to social and ecological sustainability? Do you want to enhance the effectiveness of your conservation and development actions to deliver on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals? Do you need more tools to understanding resilience thinking and perform resilience assessments, and to implement sustainable development and conservation interventions based on assessment results?

We are offering a FREE, two-part, trilingual Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) calledIntroduction to Resilience for Development. It will be facilitated in English, French, and Spanish. Part 1: Understanding Resilience Thinking runs from 31 Oct. to 27 Nov. 2017. Part 2: Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity and Development Plans runs from 23 Jan. to 13 Feb. 2018. The course is designed for policymakers and practitioners working in the sustainable development and conservation planning sectors, but is open to anyone.

MOOC highlights and outcomes

Connect with world-class experts.

Engage with participants from around the globe.

Challenge your thinking on resilience at the local and international level.

Learn how to apply resilience thinking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Take a deep dive into rich online lessons, webinars, assignments and discussions.

Engage in English, French, or Spanish.

Receive a certificate of completion co-signed by all course partners.

The course will cover the following topics:

Part 1: Understanding Resilience Thinking

Week 1: How can we live well without depleting the planet? – 31 Oct. to 6 Nov. 2017.

Week 2: How can we put resilience thinking into practice? – 7 Nov. to 13 Nov. 2017.

Week 3: How do we conduct a resilience assessment? – 14 Nov. to 20 Nov. 2017.

Week 4: How do we act on a resilience assessment? – 21 Nov. to 27 Nov. 2017.

Part 2: Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity and Development Plans

Week 1: Introduction to resilience thinking & policies – 23 Jan. to 29 Jan. 2018.

Week 2: Resilience thinking and NBSAPs – 30 Jan. to 6 Feb. 2018.

Week 3: Climate resilience and protected areas – 7 Feb. to 13 Feb. 2018.

Access the syllabus for Part 1 here:




This course is hosted by UNDP, in partnership with SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Pronatura, ECOSUR, NBSAP Forum and The Nature Conservancy. The course is co-funded by the United Nations Development Programme and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The course starts on Tuesday 31 October!

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